tsarkar wrote:Kartik wrote:Mirage-2000 I of No.7 Battle Axes squadron with the Spice-2000 and R-73E CCMs.
That’s Matra Magic 2 missile and the aircraft is H model. The frequent mis-identification of Magic 2 as R-73 has led to the rumour of Russian missiles on IAF Mirages.Kartik wrote:Mirage-2000 I of the No.1 Tigers squadron with the MICA missile mounted on fuselage pylons
This is a Super 530D missile and the aircraft is older H Model. The missile is broader than a MICA.
Upgraded I model has been delivered only to No 9 Squadron Wolfpack.
Kartik and Karan M are correct. The Mirage 2000 does indeed carry the R-73E missile.
Recent news reports state that one *WHOLE* squadron has been converted from the H variant to the upgraded I variant. So if No 9 Wolfpacks Sqn has indeed converted, that is good news because No 1 Tigers Sqn (picture confirmation thanks to Kartik) and No 7 Battle Axes Sqn (picture confirmation below) also operate upgraded Mirage 2000s. The easiest way to differentiate from a H variant and an I variant is the colour of the radome. Please see below...
Mirage 2000H (Black Radome)
Picture Link ---> https://www.airliners.net/photo/India-A ... R9/wGPpDVW
Mirage 2000I (Grey Radome)
Picture Link ---> https://www.airliners.net/photo/India-A ... 2Bk9Ppo%3D
A second way to differentiate a H variant from an I variant, is on the rudder right behind the vertical tail. One can actually see the markings - either Mirage 2000H or Mirage 2000I. If you look at the pictures below, you can see the lettering.
Picture Link ---> https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/7584110
(One can clearly see the lettering on the rudder)
(The colour of the Radome Cover is BLACK)
(KF141 is carrying a pair of MICA missiles)
Picture Link ---> https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9262856
A third way to differentiate a H variant from an I variant, is the radar. The Mirage 2000H uses the older RDM radar, while the Mirage 2000I uses the upgraded RDY radar. In the second image that Kartik posted, you can see (but barely) the RDY lettering right under the refuelling probe. If you see a picture of a Mirage 2000 with the word RDY in that location, 100% that is an upgraded Mirage 2000. See better resolution images below.
RDM --> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_Dop ... tifunction
RDY ---> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_Doppler_Multitarget
(notice the RDY lettering directly above the serial number of KF110)
(this aircraft belongs to No 7 Battle Axes Sqn)
Picture Link ---> https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8771059
(notice the absence of the RDM lettering)
Picture Link ---> http://www.airpics.net/photo/KF107-Dass ... ce/24183/L